Wednesday was an historic day at Isotopes Park as Tim Wallach was formally introduced as the newest manager of the Isotopes by Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, ushering in a new era of Isotopes baseball. After a quick introduction by ‘Topes President Ken Young, Lasorda delighted the media in attendance with numerous stories before turning things over to Wallach.
It is safe to say that Isotopes fans are going to enjoy Tim Wallach, who brings with him 17 years as a Major League player and the wealth of baseball knowledge that is commensurate with that experience. While his focus is to prepare players for the Big Leagues, Wallach realizes that a vital part of development is learning how to win, which is great news for ‘Topes fans who are hoping Wallach can deliver a ninth Pacific Coast League pennant to the city of Albuquerque.
Of course, while it was Wallach’s day, Lasorda stole the show as expected. For those who have never had the pleasure of hearing Tommy speak (and given the amount of appearances he makes every year that number has to be about 10… worldwide), it really is a treat. The energy and passion that he exudes is truly inspirational and it’s impossible not leave a Lasorda speech feeling good. We’ve been told that this is the first of a couple visits by Tommy to Albuquerque this season and we already can’t wait for the next one. Below is a photo of Tommy, Tim Wallach, and Isotopes President Ken Young.
Speaking of feeling good, it’s starting to feel like baseball season is approaching here at The Lab. We have our manager in place and, with pitchers and catchers reporting to Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ in roughly a week, the roster should be sorted out soon.
In the meantime, don’t forget that this Saturday is the Isotopes’ annual Job Fair. If you’re interested in working at Isotopes Park (and why wouldn’t you be?) this is your best opportunity.